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Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR)

2017 RCMAR RFA Frequently Asked Questions

See our Frequently Asked Questions about the 2017 RCMAR RFAs.

Mission of Current RCMAR Centers

Health disparities are associated with a broad, complex, and interrelated array of factors. Risk factors, diagnosis, progression, response to treatment, caregiving, and overall quality of life may be affected by race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, age, and other factors. Disparities in health status and medical care are most acutely experienced by the older population since they are at the highest risk for most diseases and disability. To eliminate health disparities, a widely established national priority, requires research that includes a special focus on the distribution of disease and disability between racial and ethnic groups in society.

The Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) mission is to decrease health disparities by:

  • Increasing the number of researchers who focus on the health of minority elders;
  • Enhancing the diversity in the professional workforce by mentoring minority academic researchers for careers in minority elders health research;
  • Improving recruitment and retention methods used to enlist minority elders in research studies;
  • Creating culturally sensitive health measures that assess the health status of minority elders with greater precision; and,
  • Increasing the effectiveness of interventions designed to improve their health and well-being.

The funded RCMAR centers for 2012-2017 are:

Investigator (PI)
Center PI Address
Burgio, Kathryn and Fouad, Mona Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research University of Alabama at Birmingham
1530 3rd Avenue South
CH-19, Room 201
Birmingham, AL 35294-2041
Goldman, Dana Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center University of Southern California
837 Downey Way
Stonier Hall, Rm 315 (Sto 315)
Los Angeles,Ca 90089
Hinton, Ladson Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC) University of California, Davis
Department of Psychiatry
2230 Stockton Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95817
Jackson, James S. and Lichtenberg, Peter A. Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research (MCUAAAR) The University of Michigan
Institute for Social Research
426 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248
Wayne State University
Institute of Gerontology
87 E. Ferry Street
Detroit, MI 48202
Mangione, Carol M. Center for Health Improvement for Minority Elders (CHIME) University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research
911 Broxton Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1736
Manson, Spero M. Native Elder Research Center (NERC) University of Colorado-Denver | University of Washington-Seattle
Division of American Indian and Alaska Native Programs
Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building
Mail Stop F800, P.O. Box 6508
Aurora, CO 80045-0508
Nápoles, Anna Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC) University of California, San Francisco
3333 California Street, Suite 335 Box 0856
San Francisco, CA 94143-0856

More information is available at the RCMAR Central Coordinating Center’s website at The central coordinating center provides logistical support to the RCMAR centers, and oversees dissemination activities designed to reach the larger research and health professional communities, public policy makers, and consumers. The coordinating center is also the national clearinghouse for measurement tools, instruments, publications, community activity, pilot research, and other resources developed by RCMAR investigators.

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Steven P. Wallace, Ph.D.
Director, RCMAR National Coordinating Center UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite #1550
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 794-9494
Fax: (310) 794-2686
Email Steven Wallace

Nina T. Harawa, MPH, Ph.D.
Co-Director, RCMAR National Coordinating Center
10960 Wilshire Blvd., Suite #1550
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 794-9494
Fax: (310) 794-2686
Email Nina Harawa

Lis Nielsen, Ph.D.
Chief, Individual Behavioral Processes Branch
Division of Behavioral and Social Research
National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 3S600
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205
Phone: (301) 496-3136
Email Lis Nielsen